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Welcome to the micro Manufacturing Medical Automation and Robotic Systems (MARS) Lab of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington.
The MARS lab is a dual purpose lab; it caters to both academic research as well as industry sponsored research. Academically, it is used as a teaching environment a teaching resource for manufacturing, automation and robotics based classes and/or research where hands on robotic instruction is encouraged at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Industry funded research projects involve automated workcell studies using state of the art hardware and software tools. These interactions provide not just additional educational and research opportunities to the student, but also provide valuable research to the sponsoring company. This interaction helps to bring university and corporate resources together is benefical ways for both. The real beneficiaries however are the students who graduate better prepared in the fields of robotics, manufacturing, automation and controls. The laboratory is a dual use laboratory where in addition to the advanced research activities, educational activities utilizing the resources of the lab relating to robotics, manufacturing, automation and controls take place.
Please feel free to explore the information on this web page and feel free to contact us should you like to have more information on various research and educatonal activities of the lab and if possible, we would share information with you.
As the director of the MARs lab, I would like to personally welcome you, να σας καλωσορίσω προσωπικά, to the MARS lab web site.
Professor Panos S. Shiakolas - Ο καθηγητής Πάνος Σ. Σιακόλας
MARS Lab News
(MARS Lab News 2014 Link)
- Tushar Saini ME MS Defense (Dec. 2015)
Tushar succesfully defended her master's thesis on additive manufacturing methodologies for multiprocess material scenarios. Tushar decided to continue his studies towards a doctoral degree at UTA on the same subject. Congratulations and we look forward to your continue success and contributions to the field of additive manufacturing aka 3D Printing!
- Shahid Faizee ME MS Defense (Dec. 201)
Shahid succesfully defended her master's thesis work on the development and characterization of the photopolymerization module of the multi-module 3D BioPrinter. Congratulations and wishes for continued success!
- Nov 2015 - The MARS lab was well represented at the ASME IMECE 2015 conference in Houston, Texas with 7 conference papers!
The presenters included Dr. Shiakolas, Christopher Abrego, Prashanth Ravi and Hasah Abu.
Congratulations to all and wishes for continued success!
The conference papers presented and in the proceedings are the following:
S. N. Khan and P. S. Shiakolas, To Understand Myopic Alleviation by Conducting Finite Element Structural Analysis of the Cornea with an Intrastromal Corneal Ring Implant, ASME IMECE2015-51515, Houston, TX, USA
P. Ravi, P. S. Shiakolas, J. Oberg, A. Batra, and S. Faizee, On the Development of a Modular 3D BioPrinter for Research in Biomedical Device Fabrication, ASME IMECE2015-51555, Houston, TX, USA
P. Ravi, P.S. Shiakolas, T. Welch, T. Saini, K. Guleserian, and A. Batra, On the Capabilities of a Multi-modality 3D BioPrinter for Customized Biomedical Devices. ASME IMECE2015-52204, Houston, TX, USA
Md A. Hasan and P. S. Shiakolas, 3D Finite Element Stress Analysis of an Implant Supported Overdenture Under Bruxism and Lingualized Loading Conditions ASME IMECE2015-51688, Houston, TX, USA
Md A. Hasan, Effects of lingualized and linear occlusion schemes on the stress distribution of an implant supported overdenture using finite element analysis, ASME IMECE2015-52265, Nov. 13-19, Houston, TX, USA (P.S. Shiakolas could not be listed as co-author due to the limitation on the number of papers one could be listed as co-author)
C. E. Abrego, P. S. Shiakolas and M. R. Sobhy, Developing an educational and research human robot interaction environment for a mechanical finger/hand, ASME IMECE2015-52305, Houston, TX, USA
C. E. Abrego and P. S.Shiakolas, Augmenting an Educational and Research Human Robot Interaction Environment with a Multi Obstacle Avoidance Algorithm, ASME IMECE2015-50969, Houston, TX, USA
Prashanth, Dr. Shiakolas, Christopher and Hasan at the ASME IMECE 2015 Conference
- Nov 2015 - we would like to congratulate Prashanth for being awarded the prestigious Kelcy Warrent Graduate Fellowship by the college of engineering in November 2015. Wishes for continued success!
- The lab would like to welcome some new members who joined in Fall 2015;
Utsav, Samson, Divya, Mayankkumar, and Apoorv. We are looking forward to their accomplishments.
- August 2015 - we would like to congratulate the two iEngage UG scholars Kersasp Caswani and Fayruz Quazi for successfully completing the iEngage program requirements.
Kersasp research the characterization of a 3D printing process under the mentoring and direction of Prashanth and Fayruz research dental nmodeling procedures to assist with FE analysis under the mentorning and direction of Hasan.
- August 2015 - we would like to wish Salman, ops Dr. Khan, and his wife Mahek all the best as they embark on their new adventure!
Salman was an adjunct professor in the department during the summer and he has accepted a Computer Aided Engineer position with Faraday & Future, an electric car company, in Los Angeles, CA. The lab will be expecting one of these new cars in the near future!
- Graduation pictures Spring 2015 (May 16, 2015)
Congratulations and wishes for continued success to all the graduates and especially those associated with the MARS Lab!
Dr. Shiakolas and Dr. Khan.
The lab is looking forward to your accomplishments!
Erin after receiving her degree! The desk in the MARS lab is lonely!
Some of the Pi Tau Sigma members at the graduation ceremonies.
- Kshitija Suryavanshi ME ME Defense (May 15, 2015)
Kshitija succesfully defended her master's project on the characterization of the inkjet module of the multi-module 3D BioPrinter. Congratulations and wishes for continued success!
- Fun times (May 14, 2015)
The lab had an outing at a restaurant in Las Colinas to celebrate the the successes of the semester in a laid back environment. Congratulations to all for a job well done this semester and wishes for continued success!
- Sarode Vishal ME ME Defense (May 11, 2015)
Sarode succesfully defended his master's project on the retrofitting with new electronics hardware and porting of a 4-axis CMM based microscope to LabVIEW. Congratulations and wishes for continued success!
- Senior project team on Prosthesis Device successfully presented their project, May 8, 2015
The senior project students working on the development of low-cost prosthesis successfully presented their project. Lead, Erin Smith, and the rest of the team were excited with their project outcome!
Congratulations and wishes for continued success!
- Salman N. Khan's Doctoral Defense (April 15, 2015)
Salman succesfully defended his doctoral research work titled Biomechanical Analysis of the Cornea to Improve Post Surgical Outcomes Through Finite Element Analysis on April 15, 2015. Thank you to all the committee members.
The lab is proud of your accomplishments and wishes you all the best on the next chapter of your professional and personal life. Congratulations and wishes for continued success!
- MARS Lab participation in ACES Symposium, March 25, 2015
The MARS lab participated at the UTA Organized Annual Celebration of Academic Excellence ACES Symposium with two oral and two poster presentations on March 25, 2015:
Thank you to all for a job well done representing the lab!
- Salman oral presentation titled Finite Element Structural Analysis of the Human Cornea to Understand and Alleviate Myopia
- Prashanth oral presentation titled Development of a modular 3D bioprinter for fabricating tailorable biomedical implants using a combination of Inkjet, Viscous Extrusion and Fused Filament Fabrication print technologies
- Chris poster presentation titled Research Towards the Development of a HRI Environment: Current Status for a Mechanical Finger and Mechanical Palm
- Hasan poster presentation titled Effect of Occlusal Loading Conditions on the Biomechanical Behavior of a Full-arch Implant Supported Overdenture Using Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
- Chris Abrego, March 15, 2015
Chris gave a presentation on his research titled "Survey on Haptics Devices and Sensors for Human Robot Interaction Research" at the AE/ME graduate student seminar class.
- Salman N. Khan, February 13, 2015
His manuscript titled Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK) Tissue Insertion Devices: A Review co-authored with Dr. Shiakolas and Dr. Mootha from UT SouthWestern Medical Center has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Ophthalmic and Vision Research. Congratulations and wishes for continued success!
- New members - January 2015
Happy New Year to all and especially the members of the MARS lab. I look forward to your continued successes and contributions to the mission of the lab in both the educational and research fronts.
We would like to welcome a number of new members to the lab who will work on new research topics or participate in existing research.Congratulations for joining the lab and wishes for continued success!
(MARS Lab News 2014 Link)
BioMEMS: Visitors interested in the research work on Micromanufacturing, BioMEMS and more specifically on Femtosecond Laser MicroManufacturing and Hot Embossing Microreplication Microfabrication are encouraged to visit the MicroManufacturing and BioMEMS lab website where details of the research and manufacturing facilities are provided.
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Last Updated - February 11, 2016